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GOOD NEWS - 21st February February

We are delighted to say the new Healthier Fleetwood Information Centre is OPEN!


Thank you to the visitors and partner organisations that came along yesterday, lovely to see you all and chat about some of the wonderful things happening in our Town.


You can find the Information Centre in the former Regenda Homes offices on Lord Street, opposite St Peter's Church and we are open on weekday market days, so Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10am to 3pm.


We will be announcing additional opening days and times including some Saturdays in the near future.

The new premises will be a base to share news on health and wellbeing activities, voluntary groups and community events - there's over 100 on display already and room for more! There's also a selection of local information which includes bus timetables and opening times for other venues so visitors from further afield are welcome to drop in and discover more about Fleetwood.


Steve Newsham, regional director for Regenda Homes joined us for the opening and he says, "We are delighted to be working in partnership with Healthier Fleetwood. By welcoming them into our premises on Lord Street, we hope more people can access the support they provide.”


Once again our thanks to Regenda Homes for their support with the premises and many other community initiatives.


We are delighted to have further copies of FLEETWOOD'S LITTLE BOOK OF HOPE available now from the new Centre.


This amazing collection of poetry by Nathan, images from creative artist Tina and inspiring contributions by local residents was a huge success when it was launched last November and all the copies were soon snapped up.


Led by Liz from Inspired Minds, the team have raised funds for a second batch of books which we are happy to help distribute. A donation is appreciated - this will go towards any further reprints and other mental health projects in the Town.


Please note, we know some groups wanted multiple copies but so as many people as possible have a chance to get a copy it is a maximum of 2 per person, and only by calling into our Information Centre.


Opening the Information Centre is also an opportunity to launch something we discussed at our last Open Meeting ... the Community Connectors.


If you are reading this bulletin, you have access to the internet but not everyone is online and many prefer not to use social media. The Community Connectors will be a network of individuals, groups and organisations sharing the Good News with their family, friends, neighbours and workmates ideally in person or any way they can.


How do you get involved?


The easiest way is calling into our Information Centre or even just checking what's in the windows and passing on what you see to those around you.


Some of the community events and activities will produce posters and leaflets - pick up copies to put on noticeboards at work, school, the corner shop or church hall. Smaller groups won't have the resources for print so we'll look for opportunities to connect them and benefit from joint-marketing, saving their money and time.


In addition to receiving these Good News bulletins - sign up as a Community Connector and we will email you the posters we've been asked to share. Maybe your employer or club will be able to print a copy for display - it will only be a few prints now and then and always appropriate activities, not commercial events or professional services.


Many of you will already be sharing this information, making a real difference to the people you know ... Community Connectors is about adding to and expanding this great work.


For more information and to sign up please come and see us or email this address ..

communityconnectorsfleetwood@gmail.com and we'll be in touch. Thank you.


A couple of new groups have started this week, today in fact but don't worry, you can still get involved in the weeks ahead.


Gentle Dance Class on Wednesdays, 2pm to 3.30pm, Fleetwood Methodist

UCLAN student Beth invites you to try this FREE 5-week course, taken seated or standing. Enjoy the music, dance, move and have some fun!

> Call Beth on 07717 943495 for more


Fleetwood Puppy Classes, St Nicholas' Wednesdays at 6pm and 7.15pm

Already so popular that a second class has been added with instructor Kelly and as we write places are going fast! For puppies under 20 weeks old.


And a few more upcoming events to mention ...


Wyre Council's 'Just Reminiscing' is returning after a winter break.

The fascinating exhibit of books, artefacts and more will be at Fleetwood Library on Friday morning (23rd) from around 10am until late morning. There's no need to book, drop in, have a chat and a brew with the team and enjoy the memories!


United Reformed Church in Fleetwood is hosting a pop-up market & craft fair.

It's on this Saturday, 24th February from 12noon to 4pm with over 25 stalls of toys, books, jewellery, gifts and much more. There's also cakes and face-painting at this family-friendly event.


A fundraiser for domestic violence support group Behind Closed Doors - Sunday, 25th February, 1pm.

It's at Fleetwood Bowling Club. is for all ages and includes Karaoke, face-painting, a raffle and food.

The afternoon is organised by members of the Blue Light Bimble and Brew group.

Pop along to support if you can.


The Wyre Family Hub team will be at Strive Community Cafe next week.

If you'd like to know more about the work to support children and families, call in for a chat with professionals and parents, and a brew on Wednesday 28th February from 10.30am to 11.30am.


It's awards season and Fleetwood may not be represented at the Baftas or the Brits but there's every chance of picking up a prize at the BBC Make A Difference awards.


This is an opportunity to say thank you and recognise those who love to make life better for others. Among the categories are Volunteer; Community; Fundraiser; Great Neighbour; Carer and a new award for deserving Animals or people working with animals. Last year Behind Closed Doors made it to the finals of the BBC Lancashire awards.


The award nominations are open now and close Sunday 10th March at 11pm. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges and awards given in each category, across all the local BBC radio stations.


Healthier Fleetwood is among community partners supporting the possibility of a major urban arts trail, led by fantastic creative Christian Fenn aka Seca One.


There's a lot of work to be done before this becomes a reality, not least raising funds for the large-scale pieces of work from some of the best artists in the world. As part of the early stages of planning Christian would like to hear from owners and landlords of properties with gable-end walls in the Blakiston Street area. The best way to contact Christian is through the Seca One Art Facebook page or we can put you in touch with him.


Keep sending in your GOOD NEWS to share with the community.


Until the next time, take care.


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